Tahoe-area snowboarders named to Olympic team
U.S. Olympic snowboard halfpipe, slopestyle teams
Greg Bretz, Mammoth Lakes, Calif. (12/19/1990) *
Danny Davis, Truckee, Calif. (6/22/1988)
Taylor Gold, Steamboat Springs, Colo. (11/17/1993)
Shaun White, Carlsbad, Calif. (9/3/1986) *
Kelly Clark, W. Dover, Vt. (7/26/1983) *
Kaitlyn Farrington, Sun Valley, Idaho (12/18/1989)
Arielle Gold, Steamboat Springs, Colo. (5/4/1996)
Hannah Teter, Belmont, Vt. (1/27/1987) *
Sage Kotsenburg, Park City, Utah (7/27/1993)
Chas Guldemond, Truckee, Calif. (4/22/1987)
Shaun White, Carlsbad, Calif. (9/3/1986)
Jamie Anderson, S. Lake Tahoe, Calif. (9/13/1990)
Ty Walker, Stowe, Vt (3/03/1997)
* Competed in past Olympics
MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, Calif. — Four snowboarders with ties to the Lake Tahoe area — Truckee’s Danny Davis and Chas Guldemond, South Lake Tahoe’s Jamie Anderson and Meyers’ Hannah Teter — were named to the 13-member U.S. Olympic snowboard team at the conclusion of the Sprint Grand Prix event at Mammoth Mountain on Sunday.
The five-event qualifying series came down to the final stop at Mammoth, with all but two spots decided during the final event weekend.
Davis, who was on the verge of qualifying for the 2010 Olympics before getting injured, pulled out a clutch victory in the third halfpipe snowboarding qualifier Friday. He backed up his win with a second-place finish in the final event on Sunday.
Along with Davis, two-time defending Olympic champion Shaun White secured his spot after winning on Sunday — giving him the overall victory in the series — while Greg Bretz of Mammoth and Taylor Gold of Steamboat Springs, Colo., round out the four-member men’s halfpipe team.
Teter, who finished third on Friday and Sunday, qualified for the women’s snowboard halfpipe team along with Kelly Clark, Kaitlyn Farrington (Sun Valley, Idaho) and Arielle Gold (Steamboat Springs). Teter, who spends time in Meyers and Belmont, Vt., won Olympic gold in 2006.
In snowboard slopestyle, which will make its Olympic debut in Sochi, Russia, next month, Anderson took the Grand Prix overall title and a $10,000 cash prize with a win on Saturday. She’ll be joined on the Olympic slopestyle team by Ty Walker (Stowe, Vt.). Karly Shorr of Truckee finished second in Saturday’s qualifier.
Guldemond, a Truckee resident who is sponsored by Northstar, was named to the men’s slopestyle team with Shaun White and Sage Kotsenburg (Park City, Utah), who won Saturday’s series finale.
Truckee’s Shorr nominated Tuesday
Three additional slopestyle snowboarding athletes, including Shorr, were nominated for the U.S. Olympic Snowboarding Team on Tuesday.
In addition to Shorr, Jessika Jenson of Rigby, Idaho, was nominated to the team, as well as Ryan Stassel of Anchorage, Alaska. Alpine snowboarding athlete Justin Reiter of Steamboat Springs, Colo., also was nominated to compete.
Both Shorr and Jenson landed multiple podiums throughout the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix series, solidifying their positions on the team.
The slopestyle and halfpipe athletes will be competing this week at the X Games in Aspen before departing for Sochi.
The U.S. Olympic Committee will formally name the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team on Jan. 27.
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